Complex Team Sees The Light

The design and engineering teams behind the Holy Rosary Catholic Complex and other projects named in the Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute’s 18th biennial

The design and engineering teams behind the Holy Rosary Catholic Complex and other projects named in the Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute’s 18th biennial Design Awards Competition have delivered outstanding examples of reinforced concrete throughout the U.S. and Canada. Entries were judged on individual merit in terms of (1) comprehensive planning, (2) satisfaction of owner’s objectives, (3) full exploitation of reinforced concrete construction efficiencies and benefits, and (4) using a process that rewards innovation and cooperation by all team members. Jury selections were made from a wide spectrum of building types, parking structures, and public infrastructure projects.

One structure received the Grand Award. Nine additional entries were recognized, three in Special Award, Design Award, and Merit Award categories. Serving on the jury were James Jirsa, Ph.D., chairman, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Texas, Austin; Linda Figg, president, Figg Bridge Engineers, Tallahassee, Fla.; and, Ronald Worth, CPSM, CAE, chief executive officer, SMPA/PSMA, Alexandria, Va. A sampling of winning projects follows, while a complete listing of CRSI Design Award winners is posted at

2006 CRSI Grand Award Winner

Holy Rosary Catholic Complex St. Amant, Louisiana

The 17,076-sq.-ft. project was designed and built to unify all parish functions through coherent organization. Locally available materials used for the facility favor simplicity in design and massiveness conveying strength. Glass in combination with site-cast concrete, by contrast, introduces the elevating effect of light. The complex was completed in 2004 at a cost of $2.4 million.

Architect of Record: Trahan Architects
Structural Engineer: Schrenck & Peterson
Construction Manager: Heery International
General Contractor: Quality Design & Construction
Rebar Fabricator: CMC Steel Group/Lofland Co.

CRSI Design Award

Press box at Alex G. Spanos Stadium Stockton, California

Aiming to replace an aging press box for this high school facility, the project donor desired an aesthetically pleasing structure communicating strength. In view of the complex design, long-term durability in an exposed environment, and a construction schedule of 10 weeks, cast-in-place concrete was a natural choice. The 750-sq.-ft. structure was completed on time within a $500,000 budget.

Design Architect: Eric Wohle, AIA
Structural Engineer: Showerman, Hawn & Stone
Construction Manager: Kevin Collins
General Contractor: Mid-Cal Constructors

CRSI Merit Award

Natural Sciences Building – UCSD San Diego, California

Providing flexible and functional space for biochemistry research and teaching laboratories, the structure features an exposed, reinforced concrete frame to allow the use of aluminum and glass for more light and extensive views. Concrete construction provides fire protection and vibration control throughout the laboratories.

Architect: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Structural Engineer: KPFF Consulting Engineers
General Contractor: Soltec Pacific
Concrete Contractor: J.R. Construction, Inc.
Rebar Fabricator: CMC Steel Group/Fontana Steel

CRSI Merit Award

Tacoma Community College Tacoma, Washington

The first building executed as part of a 10-year master plan, the new 56,516-sq.-ft. Information Technology Center is the new front door for the entire campus. Comprising both the structure and finishing material, reinforced concrete provides an elegant and cost-effective solution for the building’s design, including ceiling, soffits, columns and shear walls complemented by warm woods and painted metal. That dual function resulted in lower costs, bringing the project under budget at $10 million.

Architect: Callison Architecture
Structural Engineers: AKB Engineers, PE Structural
General Contractor: Swinerton Builders
Concrete Contractor: Albrecht Birkenbuel, Inc.